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Iceland - Land of Fire and Ice

10 days

from £5,495pp (excluding flights)

A quick flight brings you to a world where mountains and volcanoes rub rocky shoulders with hot springs and frozen waterfalls, while thick woollen jumpers are sold next to eclectic art. Iceland is ideal for a short break, as the entire team at Steppes Travel recently experienced but to really see the country at its finest take a week or so to explore its beauty and charm. 

  • Explore the cobbled streets of Reykjavik, Iceland’s compact and stylish capital
  • Travel by super jeep across Langjkull glacier to be met by your private snowmobile
  • Visit the remote regions of Hvalfjordur and Borgarfjordur to find a wilderness all of your own
  • Spend two days snowmobiling with a night camping on Langjkull glacier
  • Fly over the top of an active volcano in a private helicopter

REYKJAVIK AND BEYOND

Begin the journey with a few days to explore this charming city, brimming with restaurants from those with award winning, imaginative menus to the more casual and local. Shopping in Reykjavik is particularly rewarding as is an afternoon spent exploring the city’s interesting array of museums and galleries. From Reykjavik venture into the wilderness, in the comfort of a private vehicle with the expert knowledge of an experienced guide, travelling to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with deserted beaches guarded by mountains and glaciers. Swap a vehicle for a horse, a super jeep or even a snowmobile to explore the Golden Circle with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellier National Park and the energetic geyser at Strokkur. 

MOVING SOUTH

The south of Iceland is where visitors find a rugged, almost lunar landscape. Home to glacial rivers at Thorsmork valley and the lava fields of Hekla volcano, these landscapes are in stark contrast to the colourful mountains of Landmannalaugar. For the adventurous don a pair of crampons and hike the Solheimajokull glacier for one of Iceland's most dramatic views, or trek to the beautiful Skogarfoss falls. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 5495 £ 200

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Reykjavik


Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, is home to candy coloured buildings, an eccentric and fun people and exciting nightlife. Visit stylish galleries, people watch from the pavement cafes and use it as a base to explore the Golden Circle. This city is a city of contrasts; contemporary architecture sits aside snow-capped mountains and icy seas. Visit for the culture, with masses of colourful festivals throughout the year or the unfamiliar feeling of partying through the White Nights in the summer.


You will be staying at Alda Hotel Reykjavik, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Free to explore Reykjavik


You will be staying at Alda Hotel Reykjavik, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Blue Lagoon
Spend some time soaking in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. These healing waters originate 2,000 metres below the earth's surface where sea and freshwater combine at extreme temperatures. On its way to the surface the water collects silica and minerals before emerging at a soothing 38 degrees making for a perfect and relaxing bathe. The Blue Lagoon is also a convenient stop to or from the airport.


You will be staying at Alda Hotel Reykjavik, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Drive from Reykjavik to Snaefellsnes (Road Journey)


Snaefellsnes Peninsula with Horseback Riding
Private tour with a luxury vehicle. Snaefellsjokull glacier is the location Jules Verne picked as the beginning of his book, Journey to the Center of the Earth. Snaefellsnes peninsula is a bird's paradise, with sandy beaches on one side and the mountains on the other and Snaefellsjokull glacier towering over.

Highlights

Gerduberg: wall of beautiful basalt columns, forming geometric patterns in the cliffs.

Snaefellsjokull glacier: Snaefellsjokull glacier lies atop an extinct volcano. A magnificent sight, it rises, solitary, at the end of the peninsula, into the North Atlantic sky.

Hellnar: An area with rugged shore cliffs and abundant bird life. Nearby are a wealth of caves, volcanic craters chasms and fantastic lava formations.

Djupalonssandur: A sandy beach on the foot of Snaefellsjokull. It was once home to sixty fishing boats and one of the most prolific fishing villages on the Snaefellsnes peninsula but today the bay is uninhabited.

Horse back riding: The Icelandic Horse is certainly a unique horse breed - bred exclusively and naturally, isolated in the far North Atlantic. Bred in a country where the air is pure and landscape magnificent, raised in a wild herd in wide open spaces, learning to be courageous, respectful and independent.

Drive from Snaefellsnes to Reykjavik (Road Journey)


You will be staying at Alda Hotel Reykjavik, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Golden Circle including Snowmobile Ride
Private tour to Icelands main attraction, the Golden Circle. It combines most of what Iceland has to offer, beautiful landscape, powerful geysers and the most magnificent waterfall.

Highlights;

Thingvellir National Park: A huge part of Icelands history since the first Althingi in 930. It is also a Geological phenomenon, standing on two tectonic plates that are gradually moving away from each other. Thingvellir is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Geysir area: Home to a number of hot spouting geysers. The most famous one is Great Geysir itself but the most energetic one is Strokkur, it spouts every few minutes up to the height of 40 meters.

Gullfoss waterfall: Iceland's most famous waterfall, plummeting down 32 meters in two stages directy to the canyon below. The water in Gullfoss comes from the second biggest glacier in Iceland, Langjokull.

Snowmobiling: Langjokull glacier is Icelands second biggest glacier and it is here you can try your hand at snowmobiling.

Drive from Reykjavik to Selfoss (Road Journey)


You will be staying at Grimsborgir Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Full day tour of the south shore
The south shore of Iceland is well known for its beauty. Waterfalls and endless beaches is a part of todays agenda, but the real adventure is the chance to hike on Solheimajokull glacier.

A few of the regions hightlights are;

Seljalandsfoss waterfall - the water in Seljarlandsfoss flows from Eyjafjallajokull glacier, a 60 metre high waterfall with a footpath behind it so if you're not afraid to get a little wet you can walk behind it.

Reynisdrangar - Basalt sea stacks in the North-Atlantic ocean. Legend says that the stacks originated when two trolls unccessfully dragged a three-masteed ship to shore and when daylight broke the trolls became needles of rock.

Ice walk - hike on Solheimajokull glacier. The spectacular surroundings are marked by ice and rocks formed by the glacier, it is an easy walk on crampons making it suitable for almost everyone. The views are spectacular.

Skogarfoss waterfall - Skogarfoss is often considered as one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls. It thunders down into a small canyon and it's easy to walk all the way up to it and capture the moment in all its glory.


You will be staying at Grimsborgir Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Private Super Jeep tour of Landmannalagaur
Private tour with a super-jeep. On route to Landmannalaugar pass Hekla volcano before arriviving at the interior route, across lava fields, black ash and scoria deserts. Landmannalaugar is an area of great contrasts with black ridges and colorful mountains of green, red, yellow and orange.


You will be staying at Grimsborgir Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Private Super Jeep tour of Thorsmork
Private tour with a Super-Jeep. Surrounded by high mountains, majestic glaciers and birch woods, Thorsmork valley is truly amazing sight. The only way into Thormork is by mountain vehicle, through the rugged landscapes and across small glacial rivers to the end of the valley.


You will be staying at Grimsborgir Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Excursion to Borgarfjordur and the Kaldidalur Valley
Hvalfjordur and Borgarfjordur are not Icelands most popular attractions but that just means you have more space to enjoy it yourself. You'll see waterfalls and hot springs and you'll even drive on Iceland's second highest jeep road, Kaldidalur.

Drive from Selfoss to Reykjavik (Road Journey)


You will be staying at Alda Hotel Reykjavik, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Fly Reykjavik to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Alda Hotel Reykjavik

Alda Hotel Reykjavik

Alda Hotel can be found on the main shopping street, Laugavegur, in the peaceful heart of Reykjavik....

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